Wire services often are more straightforward than other media. But sometimes terse is worse.
Janna Herron, a business reporter with Associated Press for the past five years, left her job colorfully on Friday.
In an email to her (former) colleagues she wrote:
I’m the 56th person to leave since the newsroom’s management style turned negative and mean-spirited three years ago. And I’m sure I’m not the last. I just couldn’t do it anymore.
So, best wishes to everyone. You’re all better editors, reporters and writers than what you’ve been told, and you deserve better leadership.
We don’t have any insights into whether Herron has a leg to stand on, but we did find AP’s spokesman, Paul Colford’s subsequent comments unsettling.
When asked about Herron’s shot at management –Colford replied:
“We have nothing to add.”
Nothing to ADD Paul? Anything to subtract?
Though probably not intentional, Colford’s response gives the impression that Herron’s allegations are on the mark. And perhaps they are.
One would think that, perhaps without addressing her specifically, AP would want to say something positive about their management.
At a minimum, they could have more artfully declined comment. Instead of “nothing to add” – Colford could have said something like: “We have no specific comments regarding the circumstances involving Ms Herron’s departure but wish her well.”